3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2020 2:17 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking WPA records of historic places in NJ

    Nicholas Bulas Newbie

      I need to look at historical records of the WPA in New Jersey.

        • Re: Seeking WPA records of historic places in NJ
          Alice Lane Tracker

          Hi Nicholas,

          I am not certain about what you are seeking but books were printed for each state by the WPA. You can read the one about New Jersey at. https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/1743/

          There are many illustrations around and about New Jersey in the 1930's.

          If this is not what you are looking for you can try the National Archives at: https://www.archives.gov/research

           

          Best Wishes and good luck in your search.

          Alice Lane

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          • Re: Seeking WPA records of historic places in NJ
            LOC Manuscript Division Tracker

            Hello Mr. Bulas:

             

            Thanks for using History Hub.

             

            The Library of Congress Manuscript Division holds a large collection of Records of the U.S. Work Projects Administration (USWPA) that dates from 1524 to 1947 (bulk 1935-1942) and consists of about 409,000 items in 1,580 containers.  The collection consists mostly of the records of the Federal Writers' Project and the Historical Records Survey, which were programs within the USWPA.  A finding aid describing the records is available through the Manuscript Division website at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms009053.3 .

             

            The finding aid contains a number of references to New Jersey in several difference series of the USWPA records.  The USWPA collection is divided into a number of categories, or “series,” of material.  The “Federal Writers’ Project: American Guide File” series in boxes A13 to A580 contains many files that are arranged geographically.

             

            As noted on page 4 of the online .pdf finding aid, some series of the USWPA records have been digitized and made available online through the Library’s website.  Some of the online USWPA resources you might find useful are:

             

            • Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsac/
            • American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/collmss.ms000007
            • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/
            • Posters: WPA Posters at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/
            • The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fedtp/fthome.html

             

            The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division holds a large collection of WPA images, some of which are presented on the websites above.  You can search the entire digitized collection through the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ .

             

            The USWPA records that have not been digitized can be consulted in the Manuscript Reading Room, located in room LM-101 of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building.  However, because of the pandemic, all Library of Congress buildings are closed to researchers and non-essential staff until further notice.  Our reference staff is working remotely, and unfortunately cannot get access to non-digitized original documents.  Further information on the Library’s response to the pandemic is available at https://www.loc.gov/about/pandemic-information/for-public/ .

             

            I hope this information is useful.

             

            Bruce Kirby
            Reference Librarian
            Manuscript Division
            Library of Congress

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            • Re: Seeking WPA records of historic places in NJ
              Jason Atkinson Pioneer

              Dear Mr. Bulas,

               

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located in Records Concerning the Restoration of Historic Shrines, 1937 - 1938 in the Records of the Work Projects Administration (Record Group 69) that began with WPA labor. For access to these records, please contact National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.

               

              Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

               

              We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

               

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